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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Hip Harajuku hounds


Yesterday was Autumn Equinox Day (Shuubun no Hi), officially the first day of fall, when, in theory, the last muggy days of summer give way to autumn breezes. It was Japan's second Monday off in a row, last Monday having been Respect for the Aged Day (Keiro no Hi).

I spent the day enjoying what has become the very slightly cooler weather of the past few days, walking through Tokyo's Shinjuku and Yoyogi down to Harajuku. Harajuku, one of Tokyo's hubs of street culture, was as packed as ever on a holiday and also, as ever, full of as many fashion permutations as you can imagine.

It wasn't exactly fashion, and it wasn't tradition, either – a middle aged guy sitting on the edge of a flower bed on Omotesando Avenue in ripped jeans and sunglasses with his four dogs, all of them coolly decked out, if not in ripped jeans, then in sunglasses, too!

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